Flying After Diving in Belize
To help avoid decompression sickness, it’s important that flying doesn’t immediately happen after diving. In order to give your body time to recover, most people rely on the guidelines set out by the Divers Alert Network (DAN).
The following are guidelines from DAN and apply to sport divers. These guidelines do not apply to commercial or nitrox diving.
- For a single no-decompression dive, a minimum preflight surface interval of 12 hours is suggested.
- For multiple dives per day or multiple days of diving, a minimum preflight surface interval of 18 hours is suggested.
- For dives requiring decompression stops, there is little evidence on which to base a recommendation and a preflight surface interval substantially longer than 18 hours appears prudent.1
Certain dive computers can calculate the optimal waiting time to fly after diving based on the dives you’ve taken. If this is something you’re interested in, make sure to buy a quality dive computer before your trip.
|Tips for Diving After Flying
You can go diving right after flying without the same safety concern as flying after diving; however, we do recommend that you stay hydrated when flying to a dive destination. Flying tends to cause dehydration and dehydration can make it hard to discharge nitrogen, so drink lots of water while airborne! Also, if you’ve had a long flight, you might want to consider a long rest before diving to ensure that you’re alert and not fatigued.
Once you arrive in Belize our resort representative will be there to meet you and guide you to our boat for your short ride to the resort. All transfers to and from the island are included in your holiday package.
Guests can also travel to our resort via a chartered plane from the Belize City airport! Our private resort 2,000-foot runway is available for guests!. There are two regional airlines that offer service to Belize Dive Haven – Tropic Air and Maya Airlines – both of which can be booked in advance of arriving in Belize! Please note, unlike our complimentary boat transportation, the chartered flight fees are not included in your resort booking!
We offer unparalleled access to world-class dive locations. Reserve your spot.
Just 30 miles from Belize City, Belize Dive Haven is located in pristine Turneffe Atoll. Consisting of creeks, lagoons, mangrove islands and cays, the atoll is home to over 500 species of fish, 65 different species of stony corals as well as birds, turtles, manatees and dolphins.
1 Divers Alert Network.”Flying after diving.” from https://www.diversalertnetwork.org/medical/faq/Flying_After_Diving